His Majesty officiates Brunei December Festival

Hakim Hayat

The third edition of the Brunei December Festival kicked off with fanfare, as thousands of people from all walks of life flocked to Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the capital to witness His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officially open the much anticipated month-long of festivals and take part in a cycling event through the capital yesterday morning.

Accompanying His Majesty were His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik.

His Majesty and members of the royal family joined cyclists of varying ages and backgrounds during the cycling expedition, including senior government officials, leading them along the special 11.5km route through the main thoroughfares of the capital.

After completing the cycling event, His Majesty and members of the royal family toured the exhibition at the event – where they viewed the display of the most number of dominos listed in the Brunei Book of Records.

The 60,000 domino display was put by students from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) with cooperation from the Brunei Reading and Literacy Association (ReLa) .

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam officiates the Brunei December Festival.
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik during the cycling activity. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR & INFOFOTO
His Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik view the domino display
ABOVE & BELOW: His Majesty, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik at the longest connecting kite display; and in a group photo at the event

ABOVE & BELOW: His Majesty, His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah and His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Malik tour the exhibition

Another highlight was an exhibition of the longest connecting kite in Brunei, which comprised of 215 kites of varying colours and design crafted by members of the Brunei Darussalam Kites Association (Pekikik).

His Majesty also spent time to speak with organisers of various events and festivals lined up for the Brunei December Festival 2019 (BDF 2019), including hosts of food festivals, as well as Islamic, sports, creative, recreational and cultural events, and strategic partners of the BDF 2019.

The first Brunei December Festival in 2017 attracted some 90,000 visitors and over 170,000 last year in its second edition.

Organised by Brunei Tourism Board in cooperation with various ministries, including the Ministry of Home Affairs; Ministry of Education; Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism; Ministry of Finance and Economy; Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports; Ministry of Health; Ministry of Religious Affairs; and Ministry of Transport and Info-communications, the festival is an initiative from the Brunei Government to encourage Bruneians to be active while on holiday, and also in luring more tourists to visit the Sultanate with various exciting activities.

Sixty-eight events have been lined-up throughout December such as the 2nd Brunei Offroad Challenge 2019, Brunei Coding Conquest 2019, Dinosaurs at Brunei City, Brunei Film Blitz 2019, Writers Festival: The Tiny Lit Fest and more.

According to the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, BDF 2019 also demonstrates the strong cooperation between government agencies, the private sector, education institutions and non-governmental organisations in executing fun-filled and productive events for people of all ages and backgrounds.